Simply someday earlier than he vanquished Ray Borg for an eleventh and document-breaking protection of his flyweight belt, and after taking selfies and signing autographs with each single fan in attendance, the ever-accessible Demetrious Johnson spent his compulsory few moments with the media following open exercises for UFC 216. He wasn’t positive why. He requested brazenly what they might probably should ask him. In any case, his look at UFC 216 because the co-principal was a mere backup plan to scrapped bout that ought to have headlined UFC 215, which means these media appearances had ostensibly been happening for 2 months, what new was there left to say?

However one query did appear to seize his creativeness, if just for a second. With a win, given his humble strategy, would he even be capable of permit himself to take pleasure in his new document? He stared into area for a second and tried to think about what that might appear to be.

“I am going to get to my new home…activate the fireside…have a scrumptious beer in my hand and be like “ah, that is what it looks like.”&#thirteen;

However like a needle out of the blue being dragged mid-track throughout a document, Johnson snapped again to actuality and acknowledged that he won’t be given the prospect to take pleasure in it. “The media does not offer you an opportunity to rejoice your wins,” he lamented, “It isn’t just like the Tremendous Bowl. It is proper on to the subsequent one.”

His level is nicely taken. From skilled prognosticators to armchair fanatics, a love of matchmaking runs deep amongst battle followers. A part of it’s a pure, primal curiosity to see which champion can greatest all of the others. A part of it’s the fleeting expertise of the battle itself; a battle can final minutes or seconds, and one of the best ones depart audiences hungry for the sequel.

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However in a sport the place actually everybody ultimately loses, Johnson’s accomplishment is a greater than ample purpose to pause and rejoice. He stands alone as the most effective pound for pound MMA fighter on the earth. thirteen consecutive wins. eleven consecutive title defenses. GOAT. All of it completed not by luck or by brute pressure, however relatively a willpower to outwork, out-research, and out-maneuver his opponents. If anybody has earned the suitable to hold himself with the swagger and bombast of a few of his fellow fighters, it is DJ, however that is not more likely to occur.

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson poses for a portrait backstage with his family and team after his victory over Ray Borg during the UFC 216 event inside TMobile Arena on October 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)“You see a number of guys get the belt, they usually get flashy, they begin sporting sun shades indoors and all this different [stuff],” he mused. “I used to be working in a warehouse making $10.seventy six an hour, and I might inform my boss I needed to run residence to make use of the bathroom, and I might go residence to observe Joseph Benavidez battle Dominick Cruz. I am going to always remember these days, as a result of that is what makes me recognize the place I am at now…I always remember the times the place I used to be the man on the opposite aspect of the TV display watching different guys struggle.”

We reside in a society that celebrates its athletes. In 2017 alone, we have witnessed Tom Brady take residence his fifth Tremendous Bowl ring and Serena Williams set the report (23) for Grand Slam singles, greater than another man or lady. In contrast to Brady and Williams, Johnson’s second in historical past is unlikely to set off an identical storm of morning present appearances and Sportscenter retrospectives. Nevertheless it ought to. And in need of that international recognition, might all of us comply with no less than let him take pleasure in that beer in entrance of his hearth earlier than we ask the dreaded query “What’s subsequent”?&#thirteen;

Steve Latrell is a digital producer and author for UFC.com. Comply with him on Twitter at @TheUFSteve